Monday, April 2, 2012

Nursery Reveal: It is Finished.

Strap in folks, I do not know how to narrow down photos so I'm going to give you more than you are interested in viewing.

I always think you need to see a before so you can appreciate the after. Reid's room was previously used as as an "office". It really gathered mail and when our guest room was full, we would set up an air mattress in there. Over the years, it just gathered junk and I always kept the door closed.

To back track, if we were going to have a girl, I knew exactly what I was going to do in this space. I even bought wallpaper from Anthro in Chicago for 75% off and toted it home with me. Unfortunately, I returned it and it is no longer on sale. I know one day I am going to wish I kept it in case we have a girl. When we found out we were having a boy and I needed a "jumping off point" [ that sounds so HGTV, and I don't like it].
I found gingham fabric for curtains at a wonderful price and knew I could build a nursery around the fabric. I wanted to stay clear of themes and make his space something he could grow into, and not a room I would have to redecorate in two years. I also wanted it to be masculine and not baby-ish.
We added paneling to the walls. I looked at shiplap but we ended up using 1" x 8" boards with a tiny gap in between.


Now I am finally finished.

I imagine I am going to be spending most of my time in this little rocker in the corner. I found it at a consignment store for $40 and had a co-worker [who makes wedding dresses and is meticulous at everything she does], make a slipcover for me. She said I was an idiot for picking a white, and I think at least I can bleach it, and if bleach doesn't work, I can always dye it. The garden stool is from my grandmother, Nanu. It's been in a corner on our porch for years, and I'm glad a little part of her is in this room.

I really like a fan in a bedroom, however I don't like them aesthetically. I wanted a chandelier, but I also wanted it to be masculine. If this looks like Serena and Lily's bird's nest chandelier, you win a prize. I scoured the Internet looking for a large woven wastebasket that I could retrofit into a chandelier. I could not find one without handles or the size I wanted so I ended up finding a vendor on etsy, leather by Mike, who makes leather baskets. We corresponded a bit and he was up for the task of creating this chandelier. It smells so wonderful and at night it casts the prettiest shadows. I think Reid will enjoy it.


I had my cabinet guy replace three large drawers that were made from plywood [our house was built in 1941] to five drawers on a track/glider. This was probably the best purchase I made for the entire room. I told Tony my profanity will drastically decrease with this addition.

I made a bulletin board for Reid. As we get to know him we will customize his room with pictures, and I wanted a place for them.

I found this large buffet on Craigslist. It will serve as his changing table and eventually I might add baskets under it to stash toys. [Mirror from Homegoods in Atlanta]

The push present, which I adore, is from a local artist, Karen Stewart. If you are in Tallahassee you can find her in the chain of parks on Saturday mornings:

I made the crib skirt with fabric from Lewis and Sharon

I added the bows as an after thought and obviously ran out of steam with their unfinished edges and all, but at this point I just don't care!

I think this will be how Reid views the room for a while. I debated painting the ceiling but I kinda said, enough is enough.

And there you have it.

37 comments:

Manley said...

I'm going to laugh when Reid turns out to be a cat person...

Amber said...

You are so talented! I love you and hate you all at once :) Can't wait to meet Reid. xoxox

Party Box Design said...

oh my gosh!!! simply AMAZING! JUST BEYOND! ADORE, LOVE... CRAZY INSANE GORGEOUS!

Amy said...

Great job Ash! I know you are just loving having all the finishing touches in place!

Boo Hazard said...

Looks great! I love that it's not trendy. He can definitely grow into it. Things i'm loving: that awesome changing table, mirror, fabrics, and the reid flag!!! -Boo

Pink Wallpaper said...

Ashley! It looks so freaking good ! Love all of it! You did an amazing job!!!

Teri Andrea said...

i love it all! you're going to decorate for me one day.

& the reid sign and the chalkboard dog on made it in - woohoo! :)

FSU & UM grad said...

Ashley,

This is the most beautiful little boy's bedroom I have ever seen! You are so very talented and blessed with a real gift! Every single detail is just so special.
I hope the "Birthday" goes well for you and you are back home enjoying the room with your hubby and little one! - Diane

Kristin | o.m.Gee! said...

this is beyond amazing!!!!! reid will have such a warm welcome!! love, love, love. all of it!

Whimsy World said...

Great Job! And perfect timing :) I can't wait to see his sweet face in there!!!!

Allison Guest said...

Ridiculously great looking!! He's going to LOVE his room and the painting of his doggie- perfect fit :) Good luck this week!!!

Laura Kohly Thompson said...

ash, there are no words for how handsome/fabulous/gorgeous that room is. no words! i'm drooling. the only thing missing is your little pumpkin :) and you're not helping my baby fever.

Lindsey said...

Does Karen paint dogs for out of towners? I would be interested!

emily/thesearethedays said...

This is so fantastic! Reid is a lucky little gentleman! :)

designchic said...

I am totally and completely "smitten" with your nursery. It is absolutely adorable. Love that you added the paneling and the light fixture...genius!!

picture perfect said...

oh my gosh, it is perfect Ash!

jennifer little said...

I looveeeee the finished room! It look amazing!!! He is going to love coming home to that!

JuliAnne Kelly said...

It looks AMAZING! I love that buffet!

mary caroline said...

the nursery looks so fabulously handsome! congratulations to you and tony and I know baby reid will enjoy his new baby digs!

Beth said...

Reid's room is perfect!! Believe it or not, I saw this on pinterest and thought "this reminds me of Ash I have to send her it!" and then low and behold the link directed to you. Talk about amazing! You captured the essence of design and your sweet baby boy. Can't wait until you post about him! Xo

annie said...

It all looks gorgeous! Love every detail! The walls, the pendant lamp, the checked ties to hold the bumper in place...the painting...very very pretty!

Mary said...

I've been reading blogs for several years now & have seen a lot of new nurseries. But yours is the the first on that actually made me gasp! It's stunning!!!

Mary said...

I'm sorry...I forgot to mention how adorable Reid is. Congratulations!

Southern Grace said...

Fab!!! So fab!!!

paula said...

I want this room!!! How perfect.

Nancy said...

This is seriously the greates use of ginham i have ever seen. I was formerly not a fan, and I LOVE THIS. Excellent makeover, amazing walls, and effort! Best wishes!
Nancy
Powellbrowerhome.com

Sizzler said...

Looks awesome! I'm inspired :)

Sara Mueller said...

love your nursery! it looks amazing and love the chandelier!

Sara Mueller said...

I hope you mind that I am featuring your nursery on my blog today! I just had to share it!

Chelsey said...

Such a beautiful nursery, it has so much character! Hopefully my lil' mans turns out like that!

The Glam Lamb said...

Oh wow!! I am not even ready or thinking about babies yet... but when its time for us... you are on my list to contact!!! its gorg!!!

Lorri@ReturnToHome said...

I just found out about your blog from Life of Splendor. Wow, what a beautiful nursery! So many great ideas!!

Lindsey said...

Absolutely adorable! I'm 6 months pregnant with our first little boy, so I especially appreciated this post! I'm going for the same effect in our nursery (non-theme, something I don't have to re-do a few years, etc.). You did such a great job and I'll definitely be referring to this for inspiration! Also, where did you get the wicker elephant hamper?

Fletcher- High Cotton Style said...

Love this nursery...I'm a sucker for gingham!

The Vintique Object said...

So stinkin' cute! I love every last detail. Your little guy is going to spend hours looking at the shadows from the lights and the gingham curtains. And let me add that white is better than a dark color for the slipcover. Spit-up is white! :)

Really great job!
Camille

Rachel Gill said...

Hi there! Just discovered your blog via Pinterest. Love it and love Reid's nursery! I was hoping you could tell me what color of white paint you used on the plank walls. Thanks so much!

Rachel
xoxo

rachelgill3@gmail.com

Little Green Earthling said...

Love love your nursery!!! Great job! Just a word of caution on the bookends on the shelf, they contain some nasty stuff, keep away from little ones - we had one explode all through our carpets!